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McGovern Still Standing as Jets Man in the Middle

NFL Fans can be a finicky bunch.  Add a proven veteran who fills a need in free agency and the masses rejoice.  Watch that same player have a rough start and those same fans will demand he be released.  That’s how things played out for Jets center Connor McGovern, but the Jets rejected the calls for his ouster and held tight.

The Missouri product had entered the league in 2017 as a guard for the Denver Broncos.  After moving to center in his third year, he hit free agency and signed with the Jets to fill what had been a black hole since the departure of future Ring-of-Honor member Nick Mangold.

Things didn’t go well for McGovern in his first season with the Jets, but that could have been said about pretty much anyone on the 53-man roster under the since fired and still unemployed Adam Gase.  With Gase engineering what was the NFL’s worst offense, McGovern had his share of struggles and many worried that he would join a long list of poor signings for Gang Green.

Fast forward the 2021 off-season and the Jets didn’t pursue any replacements in free agency and reportedly liked McGovern’s fit in the team’s new offense.

As it turned out, the Jets were right.  McGovern’s play from year one to year two with the Jets was night and day.  This meant McGovern would stays while being flanked by Laken Tomlinson at left guard with Alijah Vera-Tucker moving from left to right.

What this means for the Jets offense is that their young quarterback has continuity at a vital spot.  Meanwhile, Vera-Tucker will have an experienced center to lean on as a mentor.

Replacing McGovern may have been what some wanted, but sticking with the veteran was the right call all along.




This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

Glenn Naughton

Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.

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